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Pay the Twenty Dollars 

George Jefferson storms into the house, demanding Archie to explain why he paid him using a counterfeit $20 bill.


John Rich


Norman Lear (developed by), Robert Goodwin (as Robert L. Goodwin) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Carroll O'Connor ... Archie Bunker
Jean Stapleton ... Edith Bunker
Rob Reiner ... Michael 'Meathead' Stivic
Sally Struthers ... Gloria Bunker-Stivic
Isabel Sanford ... Louise Jefferson
Sherman Hemsley ... George Jefferson


George complains that Archie gave him a phony $20 bill leading to an argument not only between Archie and George, but between Edith and Louise that leaves the couples not speaking to each other. Edith and Louise make up, deciding that the only way to make their men behave is to fix the problem. So, Louise gets the idea to put a real $20 bill in Archie coat pocket so that George will think that Archie is trying to make amends. It backfires and George decides to keep it. Louise talks him out of it and the two go over to the Bunkers to settle the matter. Archie has the $20 in his hands when Mike intervenes with a long series of complicated math that has the money moving back and fourth between George and Archie and Louise and Edith and Gloria based on what everybody owes each other. Archie doesn't like the final result because all he ends up with is the phony $20 bill. Written by Jerry Roberts <>

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Comedy | Drama


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By the end of the transaction, Mike says everybody is paid off. This is not entirely true. Archie regains the counterfeit $20 bill and has the $20 bill that Jefferson found in his coat pocket. This was never a loss or a gain. After all the transactions, Jefferson gets twenty dollars plus an extra five dollars. Three of this is the $3 dollars from the groceries and $2 for the Lionel money for the tickets. But Archie is not paid off yet. Edith owes $3 that Archie paid back to the Jefferson's. Also, Mike owes Gloria money for the pizza and Mike owes Archie the money for the ticket from Lionel. Therefore, Archie is still owed about $11.50. See more »


Edith and Louise have a falling out, and Edith is most unhappy. Gloria comments that whichever person wants it more will apologize. Edith hurries, opens her kitchen door, and sees Louise there. Edith says "It's a tie!" But that is incorrect, as Louise has come a further distance than Edith. See more »


George Jefferson: Rich people never even see money. All they know is, "Charge it", "I'll sign for it", and "Sue me".
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References Perry Mason (1957) See more »

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Archie, George and twenty dollars
8 December 2017 | by Jimmy_the_Gent4See all my reviews

George accuses Archie of giving him a counterfeit 20 dollar bill.

This episode starts off funny with some good back and forth insults from Archie and George. Edith and Louise also have a fight though they make up quickly. When it looks like the problem is solved Mike butts in and makes things worse as he passes around Archie's money to nearly everyone. The sequence is amusing though it goes on too long. Archie's furious reaction at the end is the funniest moment.

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9 March 1974 (USA) See more »

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Tandem Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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